- 6 years ago
We’ve had a new-ish adult rescue dog (for 5 months). She hasn’t been much of a chewer at all. In the 5 months we’ve had her, she chewed on the handles of a paper bag, put a couple holes in a towel…. those were in the first 2 weeks and both when we left her at home at night for a few hours.
A couple weeks ago, we had to run an errand at night, and she took an empty milk bone box out of the recycling and chewed that up.
Then – this week, she’s had TWO chewing incidents, both involving our ‘stuff’. Both times it’s happened in the morning, when I was in the shower. On Monday, it was DH’s baseball cap… this morning, she had a pair of my shoes and went to town on one of them.
Our morning routine is a 2+ mile walk (this morning was 50 minutes), I feed her – and, lately (like the past 3 weeks) she’s been wanting to play a lot afterwards. So, we play tug and fetch for about 20 minutes more. She usually still wants to play, but I have to get ready for work, so I’ll stop play and get in the shower.
—-I think this is the problem! I don’t know how to let her know ‘play is stopped’ because what I figure she does is goes and hunts for something to play with!
She seemed like she knew she did something wrong – but maybe that was because of my “oh no you didn’t!” tone.
We have hiking tennis shoes in a common area and she never goes for those. The stupid thing is I had a pair of flip flops out and I picked those up and put them a way before going to shower thinking I didn’t want her chewing those up! I must have had the other shoes in the corner (I wore them yesterday) and she apparently found them. I know I’ve had shoes lying around before…. with her home all day – and have never had a problem.
Any insight why this chewing may have started? how to avoid it (short of making sure anything I don’t want chewed is out of her reach). She also had all her regular toys around… I’m thinking she must have been bored with those and wanted something new???